SEE The Top 11 Richest Footballers In Africa 2023

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In Africa, there are a lot of rich people to be found. Most of them are well-known businesspeople, musicians, actresses, and of course, football players.

One of the most thrilling and popular sports is football. This game is enjoyed by tens of millions of people from all walks of life throughout the world.

A common motivation for visiting the best betting sites in Nigeria is the desire to wager on the outcome of a match involving the team of one’s favorite football player.

It is not in the thousands of dollars but rather in the millions and millions of dollars that are mentioned when discussing the net wealth of the top ten richest African footballers. They are paid from games, the prizes they win, and the sums they receive from endorsement deals.

Just who are the highest-paid footballers on the African continent? A comprehensive list is provided below.

List of Top 10 Richest African Footballers 2023

Richest Footballers In Africa 2023
RankNameEstimated Net worth
#1Samuel Etoo$95 million
#2Didier Yves Drogba$90 million
#3Mohammed Salah$90 million
#4Yaya Toure$70 million
#5John Mikel Obi$60 million
#6Seydou Keita$51 million
#7Emmanuel Adebayo$45 million
#8Michael Essien$35 million
#9Asamoah Gyan$23 million
#10Sulley Ali Muntari$22 million

1. Samuel Eto’o Net Worth – $95 million

Samuel Etoo - richest footballer in Africa
  • Birthday: March 10, 1981
  • An African from Cameroon
  • Played the role of forward
  • Net worth: $95 million, according to estimates.
  • Career: Retired
  • Marriage status: Married
  • He has won the accolade for African Player of the Year four times (in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010), making him the player with the most individual honors in the history of the African footballing continent. Eto’o leaves Cameroon as their all-time leading scorer, among other accolades.
  • At the moment, there are 426 goals to his name.

I am happy to report that, once again, Samuel Etoo is the richest footballer in Nigeria. To this day, Samuel Etoo is universally acknowledged as Africa’s most popular celebrity.

Striker Samuel Etoo enlisted at the Kadji Sports Academy at the age of just 11. He participated in training sessions there from 1992 to 1996, but a French soccer team ultimately rejected him due to his youth and inability to present a valid form of identification.

He never gave up and instead joined Real Madrid, where he continued to play until the end of his early 20s.

He played for Madrid’s first squad from 1997 to 2000, however during that time he was loaned out to a number of other teams.

In total, he has worn the jerseys of 11 different teams, including the national team of Cameroon.

His net worth of $95 million places him on the list the top 20 richest footballers in the world.

Have a look at the striking man’s collection of vehicles:

Eto’o is the only African footballer to own a Bugatti Veyron, the most expensive car in the world.

Among the fleet’s vehicles, you will undoubtedly locate a Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, Hummer, Jeep, Porche, and family bus.

Almost everyone in his immediate family drives a large vehicle, so he doesn’t only buy them for himself.

Eto’o retired from football in 2019, and now, he is the current President of Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT).

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2. Didier Yves Drogba Net Worth$90 million

Dider drogba net worth
  • Date of birth: March 11, 1978
  • Nationality: Ivorian
  • Career: Retired
  • Role-played: Striker
  • Estimated net worth :$90 million
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: Ten trophies for Chelsea and Galatasaray (4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 2 Community Shields, 1 Champions League, and 1 Turkish Super Cup) African Footballer of the Year, Ivory Coast Player of the Year, FIFA World Player of the Year, BBC African Footballer of the Year, amongst others.
  • Current goals: 284goals

Drogba is very wealthy and currently number 2 on our list of top 10 richest footballers in Africa with an estimated net worth of $90 million.

Drogba began on his path to football when he was sent by his parents to live with his uncle, professional footballer Michel Goba.

He had skills, trickery, confidence, and technique. He is one of the best in the history of African football.

Drogba has worked with some of the world’s largest brands which include, Samsung, Pepsi, Adidas, Nike, and Konami.

In 2006, Didier Drogba captained the national team of Ivory Coast from 2006 until his retirement from the Ivory Coast national team in 2014.

During his time in the Ivory Coast national team, he was the nation’s all-time top goal scorer. Close to his retirement, he played in Chelsea FC, one of the ten richest soccer clubs in the world.

He is well-known for his remarkable scoring abilities, passion for the game, and love for luxury cars.

3. Mohamed Salah Net Worth

Mohammed-salah African footballer
  • Date of birth: June 15, 1992
  • Nationality:  Egyptian
  • Current club: Liverpool FC
  • Role-playing: Forward
  • Estimated net worth: $90 million
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: Over the years, Salah has been crowned the PFA Player of the year 2018, African Player of the Year 2018/2019, CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year 2012, Premier League Player of the Month 2018,2019, FWA Footballer of the Year 2018, Premier League Golden Boot 2017,2019, BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017, and many more.

Mohamed Salah, popularly known as Mo Salah is no doubt one of the most popular African players.

Born in Egypt on June 15, 1992, Salah who is academically endowed chose to follow his dream to becoming a professional football player.

Mohamed Salah is becoming one of the world’s greatest forwards who plays as a striker for Liverpool FC of the English Premier League – one of the best football leagues in the world. He also plays for the Egyptian National Team.

His net worth of $90 million in 2023 proves he’s a successful player as he earns an enormous weekly salary and has endorsements with top brands like Adidas, Falken Tyres, Uber, etc.

4. Yaya Toure Net Worth – $70 million

Richest African footballer - Yaya Toure Net worth
  • Date of birth: May 13, 1983
  • Nationality: Ivorian
  • Current club: Qingdao Huanghai
  • Role-played: Midfielder
  • Estimated net worth :$70 million
  • Career: Retired
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards:  Yaya has won the African Footballer of the Year award four times, and twice won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award, voted for by the public. He has also been voted into the PFA Team of the Year twice.

Yaya Touré is recognized as one of the greatest and wealthiest footballers in Africa as well as one of the best players in the world in his position.

African Footballer of the Year awards were given to Yaya Touré in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, accordingly.

He was paid £250,000 per week by Manchester, and he earned $21.7 million through endorsements.

He is one of the wealthiest footballers in Africa according to Forbes, who estimates his personal investment at $46.4 million and his total net worth at $70 million.

Yaya Toure has always enjoyed opulent vehicles and homes. He has Porsche 911, Mercedes Benz, Bentley Continental GT, and Porsche Cayenne in the past.

5. John Mikel Obi Net Worth – $60 million

John mikel net worth
  • Date of birth: April 22, 1987
  • Nationality:  Nigerian
  • Role-played: Midfielder
  • Estimated net worth: $60 million
  • Career: Retired
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: He has a total of 10 major winners’ medals all at Chelsea: 2 Premier League 2009–10, 2014–15,4 FA Cup 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12,2 Capital One Cup 2006–07, 2014-15, 1 UEFA Champions League2011–12, 1 UEFA Europa League 2012–13. Mikel also won the African Cup of Nations in 2013.

John Mikel Obi is very wealthy and currently number 5 on our list of top 10 richest footballers in Africa with an estimated net worth of $60 million.

While this professional footballer is a former player, he represented Nigeria in many championships. He takes the top spot on the list of the top 15 richest footballers in Nigeria.

He was born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna but as a result of a mistake in his name submitted by the Nigerian Football Association in 2013 to FIFA for a tournament in Finland, his name was changed to “Mikel” which he has since stuck with.

He’s no doubt one of the richest footballers in Africa has featured for top English Premier League side Chelsea and Lyn Oslo In Norway. His contract at Tianjin Teda fetched him 140 thousand pounds weekly.

Mikel Obi’s house and cars are really impressive and expensive.

He also has extremely expensive cars such as, for example, Bentley Continental GT (it costs about N35m), expensive Mercedes G Wagon (#81 million) luxurious Range Rover Sport, (#43million) and Black Mercedes G 500. 

Obi Mikel not only makes a lot of cash playing football but also from his endorsements like Pepsi and Samsung.

John Obi Mikel, a former captain of the Super Eagles, has ended his 20-year professional football career.  At the age of 35, Obi retires with honors for both clubs and his country.

6. Seydou Keita Net Worth – $51 million

Seydou Keita net worth
  • Date of birth: January 16, 1980
  • Nationality: Mali
  • Current club: Retired
  • Role-played: Midfielder
  • Estimated net worth: $51 million
  • Career: Retired
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: He received the golden ball as the best player of the tournament at the 1999 Fifa U-20 world cup.With a total of 12 major winners’ medals including 2 Champions League winners.

Here is another outstanding and wealthy African footballer whose net worth is $51 million.

Seydou Keita is a versatile footballer who can play both as a central midfielder and a defensive midfielder on the football field.

His professional football career started when he was 17. He represented his country, Mali at the age of 20 and he appeared in the seventh African Cup of Nations tournaments.

Keita made his debut in 2000 for Mali at the FIFA World Cup Qualifier. In 2012, he joined the Chinese Super League Club FC Dalian Aerbin where he is paid €14 million per year.

Keita retired at the age of 37, after one season in the Qatar Stars

He is blessed with many mansions, luxurious cars worth millions of dollars and other assets.

7. Emmanuel Adebayor Net Worth – $45 million

Net worth of richest African footballers
  • Date of birth: Feb 26, 1984
  • Nationality: Nigerian/ Togolese
  • Career: Retired
  • Role-played: Striker
  • Transfer worth: In 2017, the superstar joined the Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir on an 18-month deal which is expected to earn him around £50,000-a-week or £2.6million a year after tax.
  • Estimated net worth :$45 million
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: Adebayor was picked by CAF for the 2008 African Football of the Year on 10 February 2009 at an awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria. He was the first Togolese to win the African Football of the Year.

This world-famous footballer, who was born in Nigeria, is another one of the richest footballers in Africa.

He played in the English Premier League as a professional soccer player for a number of teams, including Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Crystal Palace.

Football player Adebayor has earned a sizable salary from his professional career as well as from the numerous contracts he has signed with some of the richest clubs in England.

The striker’s 2015 earnings were projected at $45 million, courtesy to his stint with Manchester City and a $268,000 weekly wage.

He travels in elegance thanks to his numerous mansions, collection of expensive cars, and collection of private aircraft.

8. Michael Essien Net Worth – $35 million

Richest Footballers - Michael essien
  • Date of birth:3rd December 1983
  • Nationality: Ghanaian
  • Career: Retired
  • Role-played: Midfielder
  • Estimated net worth: $35 million
  • Marital status: married
  • Awards: Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one League Cup. He won the UEFA Champions League in 2012.

In the past few years, Michael Essien has been a big name in the world of football.

Michael Essien is a Ghanaian football star and has featured in both the champions league and premier league well over many times.

This midfielder is blessed with many mansions, luxurious cars worth millions of dollars, and other assets.

He featured for a number of top European club sides including French sides Bastia and Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Millan, and others.

The 40-year-old also had stints with Real Madrid and AC Milan before calling time on his career after a brief spell with Azerbaijani side Sabail FK. Essien has since taken to management and is currently serving as a first-team assistant coach at Danish side FC Nordsjaelland.

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9. Asamoah Gyan Net Worth – $23 million

 Richest Footballers - Asamoah Gyan net worth
  • Date of birth: November 22, 1895
  • Nationality: Ghanaian
  • Career: Retired
  • Role-played: striker
  • Estimated net worth: $23 million
  • Marital status: married

Asamoah Gyan is very wealthy and currently number 8 on our list of top 10 richest footballers in Africa with an estimated net worth of $23 million.

This wonderful striker is blessed with many mansions, luxurious cars worth millions of dollars and other assets.

Asamoah’s assets include his McCarthy Hill house worth $3 million and his Rolls Royce worth about $400,000.

Asamoah has lately obtained a license to operate a private airline, ‘Baby Jet Airlines’ in Ghana. In the 2022 World Cup, Guan is one of the international guests on DSTV.

10. Sulley Ali Muntari Net Worth – $22 Million

Sulley Ali Muntari
  • Date of birth: August 27, 1984
  • Nationality: Ghanaian
  • Role-playing: Midfielder
  • Estimated net worth :$22 million
  • Marital status: married

This soccer player hasn’t just benefited much from his lucrative football career, but also from the numerous contracts with most of England’s richest clubs.

In 2012 for instance, he earned about $7,540,000 from permanent contracts and $8,810,000 as annual salary he signed with Tottenham Hotspur.

Whilst at Manchester City the striker earned a reported $268,000 a week and by 2015, he has an estimated net worth of $22 million

His fleet of cars includes six-wheeled Mercedes Brabus G63 AMG 6×6 – that cost around $900, 000 at the time of purchase.

In fact, he loves cars so much he runs a car pimping service and drives a Lamborghini Gallardo with an estimated worth of about £96,000.

He has an Escalade, a Mercedes Benz, and a Ferrari in his garage.

Awards: African Footballer of the Year, Ivory Coast Player of the Year, FIFA Ballon d‘Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, BBC African Footballer of the Year

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11. Christopher Samba Net Worth – $20 million

Christopher samba - 10th richest African footballer
  • Date of birth: March 28, 1984
  • Nationality: Congo
  • Current club: Without a club
  • Role-playing: Defender
  • Transfer worth: his last club was Aston villa on July 20, 2017
  • Estimated net worth :$20million
  • Marital status: married
  • Current goals: 40 goals

Last on this list is highly popular Congolese defender Christopher Samba. He is currently one of the top ten richest African footballers.

His net worth is currently put at $20 million. His most lucrative salary was a $160,000 per week contract he signed with Anzi Makhachkala

Christopher Samba was born in France and currently plays for Championship Club Aston Villa as a defender.

He has also played for various football clubs including Hertha BSC, Blackburn Rovers, and Dynamo Moscow. In 2007, he signed a deal of three and a half years for £450,000.

Ten Richest Footballers In Africa (Conclusion)

Are you jealous? Try harder

The wealth of those 10 richest African players is the best illustration of how Africans can rise beyond poverty to pursue their passions and become the happiest people in the world with fulfilling lives and careers.

So it should come as no surprise that football superstars prefer to splurge on the best and newest gear.

Dream big because every single one of these football players once had a dream and persisted in pursuing it through diligence, concentration, perseverance, patience, and humility.

Never fail to remember that!

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